Definition of helpmate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɛlpmeɪt/
(also helpmeet)


A helpful companion or partner, especially one’s husband or wife: she acted as his pleasant but by no means uncritical helpmate
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  • And I think that Jack Kennedy discovered what a wonderful helpmate and wife she was in those years.
  • She was meant to be his companion, his helpmeet, and this required a level of education that fitted her for this role.
  • Evangelical ideals of husbands' headship as providers, leaders and decision-makers, and wives' subordination as helpmates and mothers were ideally matched to post-War ideals for family life.
companion, partner, associate, assistant, helper, helpmeet, attendant, escort;
supporter, friend


Late 17th century (as helpmeet): from an erroneous reading of Gen. 2:18, 20, where Adam's future wife is described as ‘an help meet for him’ (i.e. a suitable helper for him). The variant helpmate came into use in the early 18th century.

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